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Rania Farouq, Speaker at Renewable Energy Conferences
Pharos University in Alexandria, Egypt
Title : Development Of Functional Nanocatalyst /Polymer composite


The application of nanotechnology has become inevitable in almost all sectors. Nanoparticle (NP) is the matter between molecule and bulk material. It has attracted much attention in catalysis, optoelectronics and biology due to its unique physical and chemical properties. Incorporation of these NPs into the polymer matrix is one of the best methods to display their special functions, which not only stabilize the NPs but also realize the functional assembly of NPs and polymers. The polymer nanocomposites are widely used in various fields and slowly they have become an integral part of our life.

Recycled commercial polystyrene can be successfully sulphonated under mild conditions to increase the surface functionalities facilitating thus the composite formation by interaction between the surface functional groups and the nanoparticles.

The porous R-Fe2O3 nanorods were successfully obtained by calcining the R-FeOOH precursors at 300°C for 2 h. the structural and magnetic properties of R- Fe2O3 nanoparticles stabilized in a sulfonated polystyrene resin matrix have been studied by DLS, FTIR.

Audience take away:

  • Fabricating monodisperse sulphonated polystyrene (SPS) microspheres with abundant sulphonic acid groups
  • Use the advantage of the sulphonic acid groups on the surface of polymer for increasing adsorption ability of SPS.
  • Coupling Fe2O3 nano particles with sulphonated polystyrene (SPS) could be used in varieties of application as a catalyst


Rania Farouq received her PhD in chemical engineering with a CGPA (A-) from the Faculty of Engineering, Alexandria University in Egypt in 2013. She got her master of science in chemical engineering with a CGPA (B+) from the Faculty of Engineering, Alexandria University in Egypt in 2009. And she received her diploma in chemical engineering with general grade good in 2006. She obtained her bachelor of science in chemical engineering in 2003. She is an associate professor in the Petrochemical Engineering Department; Pharos University in Alexandria, Egypt She has published more than 15 research articles in SCI (E) journals.)